Wednesday, November 29, 2006
This also in.....it has been confirmed that should the LIRR be kind....hahaha....and give out free 10 passes with the December monthly my dear brother will give me the free tickets! Score!!!! I don't mind paying for a 10 pass since I've had it for almost a month now and have only used 4 times, but knowing I've been given free rides from the LIRR I will use them all up. Now I have to work on getting my sister's free passes. Fingers crossed it wasn't a one time Christmas gift, last year only!
Friday, November 24, 2006
I know I said I was taking the LIRR home for the holiday but I managed to get a ride from a dear friend Julia. I was all set to take the rail but I got out of work early enough and I was extremely happy about that. Instead of lugging my laundry home on a crowded holiday train I went home in comfort.
The reports I heard weren't too bad. My brother managed to get a seat....a rare holiday treat. My sister on the other hand wasn't so lucky. She was standing on an overpacked train. When they reached Jamaica no one could get on or off the train! People were yelling and shoving......then cursing when the delays were announced. She even tapped a man on the shoulder and told him to move into the car so other people could get off. When she was picked up at New Hyde Park my Mom was waiting outside the car (a first in commuting history) waving her arms so my sister could see her. Her words when my sister got in the car "I've never seen anything like it!" Apparently there were about 40,000 people getting off at that stop. In reality I'm sure it was a few hundred. Either way I'm just happy I wasn't on the rail!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I was the only person in my car and I happened to be sitting across from the conductor. She was eating her breakfast and reading the paper. Right before we approached Jamaica another conductor appeared. As Dr. Cox would say, he was a Newbie. It was his 4th month on the rail and he was still taking classes. The old timer mocked him "what you can't punch your tickets correctly?" For each type of ticket there is a different punch....WHAT!? I never knew this, I just thought each conductor had their own fancy shape.
They talked for a while and the old timer was giving him the heads up and lots of encouragement. His shift had started at 2:30am and was going until 1pm. Long day but in their words "at least you're making the money." He was also told not to let anyone jeopardize his job. Should have to kick someone off the train he should do it. No drunk slob is worth the loss of a job. I found this interesting. I wonder if there are repercussions for the conductors on the drunk trains?? That just reminded me of a great trip home one night where someone was kicked off. I must fine that entry and post it!
Tonight I am taking the train from Woodside again. I want to avoid the madness at Penn. I'll be going home after the intense rush and will hopefully get a seat. If not at least I'll have a decent standing area since it will be well after 4.
Happy commuting and Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
She also encountered a poppy man who was in dire need of a seat tonight. Apparently he didn't care that he was going to ride bitch. He approached her and asked if he could sit in the "dreaded middle seat" Steph thought that since she had her headphones on she was under no obligation to respond to him. I never did find out if he got the seat.
Yes, I've noticed I used the word dreaded twice in describing LIRR circumstances. Anyone who is a regular reader knows that I always refer to Track 17 as dreaded....sometimes deadly, but often dreaded.
Tomorrow I take the LIRR from Woodside. Fingers crossed it's on time and I don't miss my connecting train at Jamaica!!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Julia's conductor on the subway (we take the same line) was chatting on his cell phone as he was conducting. A bit odd, but not too bad. My uneventful commutes are great. I don't miss the LIRR at all. I can just picture Jamacia this week and there were probably a million of delays and people having doors closed on them. My sister, Stephanie, commutes wisely, she only takes trains that are express or do not require changing trains. If you can do that it's the best way to go!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Saturday night Erin and I were off to celebrate her birthday in thecity. Unfortunately our celebrationwas delayed by almost an hour. We were waiting and waiting at Stewart Manor for our train to come. Announcements were made, but only for east bound trains. "There are no train running eastbound of Bellerose due to police activity."We heard this announcement a few more times before I got fed up and went into the station house for the complaint number.
I dialed and I actually got a real live person on the line! Brian tried to help me out the best he could. It was obvious he was not allowed to give out much information. I asked about the west bound trains and he said all trains were being held. I then told him that they should start making announcements for the west bound trains because no one at my station new what was going on. He told me he would "see what hecould do." I then asked how long this was going to take and he said "I can't answer that, it's up to the police."
Another 10 minutes went by when we heard a rumor that all trains on the main lines were cancelled. I quickly called my pal Brian. I asked if all the trains were shutdown and he gave me the run around. Finally I asked about the Long Beach branch, they were up and running. I quickly called my dad to see if he could drive us over to the Valley Stream station. We were on our way to meet him on the other side of the tracks when we were attacked by bees and stopped by a woman asking what was going on. Just as we were about to head to the underpass the tracks wentdown and the train came in to the station.
I was angry, we were leaving 40 minutes late and Brian failed with having announcements made for the west bound trains. As our conductor checked our tickets I found out what happened. Apparently there was a person on the tracks at Floral Park and the police had to get them off the tracks. I was shocked that he actually told us whatwent on! Normally the response is nothing more than police activity. Needless to say we made it in to the city and were able to meet up with the group. A good time was by all that night despite the drama in getting there.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
This monthly ticket is by far one of the ugliest I've seen. It's so blah and dark....and it's for May!!! May should be poppy, filled with color! When I see brown I think spring! I've always thought that the monthly tickets should resemble the mood of the month. Brown might work for November but certainly not May. On another note I have no idea where I got this monthly ticket because I took the Hempstead line for 4 years.....whoever gave this to me thanks!
Last night I took the 7:54 train home to New Hyde Park. It was a ridethat was full of firsts for me. Moments after we exited the tunnel the train came to a screeching halt causing passengers to be thrust about. An announcement came over the loudspeaker "We're letting on supervision." Then there was a knock at the door. The two men standing near the door pried itopen and a loud bang was heard. A box was loaded on to the train. Next thing there was a person climbing into the train. As the conductor passed by he barely looked as he said "you're on board Steve." Steve was now on board. Apparently he couldn't make the train at Penn. Lord only knows what he was doing outside the tunnel in the middle of the night dressed in a suit, but we happened to be the train he was waiting for. Once Steve was on the train and we were moving again he took off his bright neon orange reflectivejacket and acted as if he had originally boarded on Track 21. He did not conduct any supervision.
Getting off the train was a harrowing experience. A man, not Steve,was blocking the doorway with a large red suitcase. His friend blocked the aisle as they talked. I was next to exit as the doors started to close. I ran through only to have the doors close on my arms and someone from behind pry them open and release me on to the platform. People were screaming curses as the doors continued to close on everyone who was left to exit the train. Someone was not paying attention and now my arms are a little sore.
Tonight I had to work late. Normally I hate working late because it always means just making or missing a train. Tonight was different, I got to the subway platform around 9 and I was in my room taking off my shoes by 9:20!!!!!! If I were taking the LIRR home I wouldn't have pulled in to Stewart Manor until well after 10. I'm telling you this commute rocks!!! There are no clean train campagins, cell phone usage is minimal, and in general people understand it's not going to be a quiet ride and deal with it.
I was talking to my dear sister tonight. She told me that this month's monthly ticket resembles my favorite February ticket so much she thinks they're the same. She has declined my request and will not scan it in for me to compare. So sad.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
It's about 9:05am and I am not on a train. This is the life. If it were a week ago I'd either be just getting to Floral Park or still sitting in the car cursing the LIRR for being 10 minutes late. Both are very likely. It's nice to not have to leave until much later in the morning. Granted I've still been waking up at the same time.
Because it's raining today I might add a little spice to my commute. I might take the train 2 more stops downtown to catch another line uptown. This will drop me off right by my office and I wont have to walk an extra block in the rain. We'll see what happens.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I just found my the first newsletter....the one that started it all! It was written on June 22, 2004.
Hello all, I am going to be sending out my daily LIRR complaints. If you would not like receiving these emails let me know! So my one complaint of the day is that when you're sitting next to someone on the train why do they feel it's necessary to take up as much room as possible and practically push you out of the seat!? some people are out of their minds. My major complaint today has to do with the new schedule change....when you are forced to leave 25 minutes earlier each morning for the next 3 months it would be lovely if the new train got in on time and not the time as your old regular train.....WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE PEOPLE RUNNING THE LIRR!??? Until tomorrow, please travel safely! Melanie
My how things have changed.....or have they!?
This is my first time writing since my last official morning commute on the LIRR. Let me tell you getting home that night was one of the worst commutes I had in a long time. They threw everything at me, I think to remind me of what I needed to move. Since I've moved to the greater land of commuting by subway I have taken the LIRR. There was yelling, people storming out of their seats, old ladies getting lost, and people being as stupid as always. I can't say I miss the LIRR at all. Although I do feel like a spy when I ride now. I'm not a regular, but I know the routine. I like to think it scares conductors when I reply with I know. I've got one up on them and my off peak 10 pass.
Life on the subway has been great. It's a 25 minute commute door to door!! Last night I left work at the same time I would for the 7:05 train. I was in my apartment door by 7pm! I never dreamed of being home that early. What a special treat!
This is all for now. I will get this blog up to speed and figure out archives and photos. Until then Happy commuting!